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From readers of USA Today, to the CEO of Staples, to the government leaders of Chile and Canada, we’re changing people’s minds about what’s acceptable when it comes to the paper and wood products that we use every day. Our campaigns have been featured on CNN, CBC, the Today Show, National Public Radio, and in newspapers including the Globe and Mail, USA Today and The New York Times.

Will Craven, our US Media Officer, can be reached at 415.863.4563, x. 314 and uspress (at) forestethics.org.

16 major companies (and one important US city) act to clean up their transportation footprints
“Avon recognizes its responsibility to the environment and the world’s forests...”
The Globe and Mail -- Gateway panel urged to affirm it’s impartial
by Nathan VanderklippeThe Globe and Mail
January 27th, 2012
Environmentalists challenge panel assessing Northern Gateway pipeline to prove it’s unbiased
ForestEthics takes a seat on the couch with Dole VP Sylvain Cuperlier
by Will Craven, Director of Communications
Craven responds to Dole, highlighting its secrecy surrounding use of Tar Sands fuel
New York Times--Pondering That Green Label
by Elisabeth RosenthalNew York Times
May 15th, 2012
"ForestEthics has been urging companies not to rely on this certification program or to use the S.F.I. label on its products"
Report back from Enbridge AGM
by Nikki Skuce, Senior Energy Campaigner
May 9th, 2012
700 people rallied behind the Yinka Dene Alliance for a peaceful march to Enbridge’s AGM in Toronto
International Day of Action Against the Tar Sands
by Adam Gaya, US Organizer
May 8th, 2012
Round-up of events and slideshow
Freedom Train--Winnipeg Stop
by Jolan Bailey, Canadian outreach coordinator
May 7th, 2012
Day 3 report back from the rails
Freedom Train stops in Edmonton, Alberta
by Jolan Bailey, Canadian Outreach Coordinator
May 2nd, 2012
Solidarity builds as the Yinka Dene Alliance Freedom Train travels across the country. Jolan shares his perspective from the rails
Vancouver Observer--At Sundance London, Prince Charles' new documentary sparks ForestEthics discussion
by Lisa Thomson
April 29th, 2012
Filmmakers commented on recent threats to ForestEthics' charitable status
Enbridge pipeline hearings: community hearings day 3
by Nikki Skuce
April 26th, 2012
The Joint Review Panel is an opportunity to show our democratic right to speak up
Enbridge pipeline hearings, dispatch #5 from Smithers, BC
by Nikki Skuce
April 25th, 2012
“I feel that we are being betrayed,” said Smithers resident Kathleen Ruff. “That democracy is being killed.”
Enbridge pipeline hearing, dispatch #4: Community hearings begin
by Nikki Skuce
April 24th, 2012
Diverse group of residents shared their opposition to Enbridge’s pipeline and tanker project from both local and global perspectives
Seattle Times -- Tar-sand risks threaten health of Puget Sound
by By Aaron Sanger and Thomas BancroftSeattle Times
April 4th, 2012
Op-ed by ForestEthics' Aaron Sanger discusses the risks of tar sands refineries
Slideshow: Vancouver's No Tankers rally
March 26th, 2012
Hundreds of British Columbians come together to stand up for their coast
Vancouver Sun -- Oil pipeline, tankers threaten rural way of life
by Nikki Skuce, Senior Energy Campaigner
March 21st, 2012
By Nikki Skuce, ForestEthics' senior energy campaigner
InsideClimate News--Canadian Government Targeting Opponents of New Oil Sands Pipeline
by Lisa SongInsideClimate News
March 1st, 2012
"ForestEthics is organizing grassroots resistance to Northern Gateway"
Protecting the Great Bear Rainforest from logging and pipelines: A Primer
by Valerie Langer (ForestEthics), Eduardo Sousa (Greenpeace) and Jens Wieting (Sierra Club BC)
February 28th, 2012
The ecological significance of the Great Bear Rainforest, and how unsustainable projects, like Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and tankers, threaten it
Enbridge CEO Retires, Ensuring Pipeline Decision Will Not Occur on His Watch
by Nikki Skuce, Senior Energy Campaigner
February 27th, 2012
Nikki Skuce on Pat Daniel's retirement and its implications
Urging BC Government to "Take It Taller!" in the Great Bear Rainforest
by Will Craven
February 10th, 2012
Conservation agreements 50% fulfilled
Time is running out to protect BC’s Sacred Headwaters, says National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Wade Davis
February 6th, 2012
ForestEthics to host book release event with Davis on March 6th event in Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC: protesters challenge Joe Oliver's attempts to silence pipeline opposition at early morning rally
by Jolan Bailey, Canadian Outreach Coordinator
January 23rd, 2012
Early morning protests target Canadian environmental Minister, Joe Oliver
Dispatches from hearings on Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline

The outcome of the project's review process has serious implications for Canada's environmental & energy future. Nikki Skuce gives on-the-ground updates as hearings proceed

Enbridge Pipeline Hearings, Dispatch #2: Smithers, BC Says "No" to Enbridge Oil
by Nikki Skuce, Senior Energy Campaigner
January 16th, 2012
Chief Kloum Khun: “What part of ‘no’ doesn’t Enbridge understand? This pipeline is not going through Wet’suwet’en territory.”
Environmental Defence (Canada) -- Who's in the room at Northern Gateway hearings?
by Gillian McEachern (Environmental Defence Canada), Program Manager, Climate and Energy
January 10th, 2012
A by-the-numbers look at who's really participating in environmental review hearings for Enbridge's proposed pipeline & tanker project
The Canadian Press -- Harper warns of 'hijacked' hearings on Northern Gateway pipeline
by Bob WeberThe Canadian Press
January 7th, 2012
Todd Paglia (ForestEthics): "'Democracies are not like dictatorships. They are sometimes messy because conversation and dialogue is important to arrive at the right policy.'"
Media Roundup: Chiquita to avoid fuel from Tar Sands refineries
A summary of media coverage following Chiquita's commitment
Chiquita Confirms Commitment to ForestEthics Despite Pressure
December 22nd, 2011
Email exchange between Chiquita spokesperson, Ed Loyd, and SUN MEDIA reporter, Daniel Proussalidis
NOW Toronto -- Stephen Harper’s war on bananas
by Enzo Di MatteoNOW Toronto
December 19th, 2011
Article exploring the relationship between Ethical Oil, a nonprofit calling for the boycott of Chiquita now that it avoids Canada's Tar Sands fuel, and the Canadian Government
Financial Times -- Chiquita to stop use of tar sands oil
by Ed CrooksFinancial Times
December 15th, 2011
"Chiquita has committed to identifying all the fuel suppliers for its own trucking fleet...so it can stop buying from any that it believes sell diesel made from tar sands oil"
Mother Jones -- There's No Hiding from Tar Sands Oil
by Tim McDonnellMother Jones
December 15th, 2011
"'You and I as individuals don't have much leverage over the fuel sources,' Sanger [of ForestEthics] said. 'But big companies do.'"
ForestEthics Reacts: Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Decision Delayed a Year
by Nikki Skuce, Senior Energy Campaigner, ForestEthics
December 8th, 2011
Groundswell of Public Concern Instrumental in Delay
Vancouver Sun -- Make Sacred Headwaters gas drill ban permanent: eco-groups
by Gordon HamiltonThe Vancouver Sun
December 6th, 2011
One year remains before the moratorium on drilling in British Colombia's Sacred Headwaters expires
Northword Magazine -- The Trouble with Tankers
by Amanda FollettNorthword Magazine
November 30th, 2011
Nikki Skuce: "What’s at risk is huge...An oil spill would completely devastate the Gitga’at and the Haisla and, really, what company has a right to do that?"
US Tar Sands campaign statement on Keystone pipeline delay:
November 10th, 2011
The Market is shifting, and now the government is hedging, away from Canada's Tar Sands
ForestEthics to Calgary Herald columnist: We stand with British Columbians
by Nikki Skuce, Senior Energy Campaigner
Letter to the Editor by Nikki Skuce of ForestEthics challenges the merits of Yedlin's article
GreenBiz -- Victoria's Secret Pushes Up Green Paper Content in Catalogs
by Leslie GuevarraGreenBiz
October 28th, 2011
"ForestEthics had nothing but praise yesterday for the paper sourcing efforts by Victoria's Secret and [Limited Brands]"
The Truth Slips Out
by Aaron Sanger, US Campaigns Director
October 25th, 2011
A little noticed article sheds light on Tar Sands' impact on US community health.
ForestEthics Supporters Expose Enbridge at Occupy Vancouver
by Owen McGregor, ForestEthics volunteer
October 18th, 2011
Hundreds at Occupy Vancouver tell Enbridge to stop their pipeline plans
Media Roundup: ForestEthics' Greenbuild ad in the Toronto Star
A recap on news about the ad we placed in the Toronto Star during Greenbuild
The Story of a Great Bear Rainforest-friendly product
by Karen Tam Wu, Senior Conservation Campaigner
October 4th, 2011
Conservation-Based Economy Development in Action
Enbridge and Shell: Flirting with Disaster
by Karen Tam Wu, Senior Conservation Campaigner
September 23rd, 2011
During BC oil & gas business conference, ForestEthics runs classified ads in BC papers and hosts an “unwelcome” party
Michael Uehara's Row, Part 3: Mess is Lore
by Michael Uehara, ForestEthics Board Member
September 18th, 2011
Follow our board member Michael Uehara as he blogs about rowing 26 miles across BC's coastal waters
Michael Uehara's Row, Part 2: Enbridge vs. 'Integrity Personified'
by Michael Uehara, ForestEthics Board Member
September 16th, 2011
Follow our board member Michael Uehara as he blogs about rowing 26 miles across BC's coastal waters
Rowing BC's Coast, Where Oil Tankers Should Never Tread
by Michael Uehara
September 15th, 2011
Our board member sets off to row 26 miles through the coastal waters of British Columbia
Photo Essay Exposing the "Sustainable" Forestry Initiative (SFI)
These powerful images are revealing the deceptive, certified greenwash label that SFI truly is
21 environmental organizations challenge Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) misleading marketing
September 8th, 2011
Groups sign on to letter telling SFI to take five (steps away) from greenwash
Taking our Tar Sands campaign to Dole & Chiquita's Facebook pages
August 19th, 2011
Thousands of ForestEthics supporters share our USA Today ad with banana companies
Green Grades 2011: Media Roundup
July 11th, 2011
A number of outlets noticed the impressive policies and practices that put Sprint at the head of the class.
Top 5 Forest Music Videos
Forests have a long history of playing a unique role in society: serving as the primary backdrop for popular music videos.
Globe & Mail -- Logging threatening Great Bear Rainforest
by Justine HunterGlobe & Mail
June 28th, 2011
A surge in logging threatens the Great Bear Rainforest. Governments need to protect more BC forests.
Financial Post -- Peter Foster: Milton’s loophole
by Peter FosterFinancial Post
June 21st, 2011
ForestEthics and other ENGOs "have achieved a stunning amount of boardroom influence."
Huffington Post -- Return to Sender: Credit Card Offers Are on the Rise
by Todd Paglia, Executive Director
May 5th, 2011
Our Executive Director, Todd Paglia, discusses the recent increase in American Express and Chase junk mail
Vancouver Sun -- Oil, it's political
by Derrick Penner BizVancouver Sun
April 21st, 2011
The environmental group Forest Ethics was responsible for that criticism of the spill response plan that Enbridge has put forward with its application to the National Energy Board for approval of the project.
Seattle Weekly -- Greentenders
by Caleb HannanSeattle Weekly
April 20th, 2011
In honor of Earth Day, the ecohypocrisy of SFI exposed
Groups call Enbridge's Spill Response Plan an Insult in Wake of BP Gulf Anniversary
April 20th, 2011
Standard methods from BP disaster recycled in Enbridge oil spill response plan
Sacred Headwaters Tops List of Endangered Rivers
April 19th, 2011
Sacred Headwaters named one of the most endangered rivers in BC--for the second year in a row.
Global Corporations and Investors Commit to Future of the Boreal Forest
April 18th, 2011
Signatories to the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) today unveiled a new Boreal Business Forum...
Common Ground -- Closing the Northern Gateway on Enbridge
by Nikki Skuce, senior energy campaigner, ForestEthicsCommon Ground
April 11th, 2011
Enbridge has admitted it can’t promise there will be no spills, but the company tries to minimize the risks by touting technology and safety. Its massive oil spill in Michigan – and oil spills every week across all of its pipelines – reveals its promises are as toxic as the oil it transports.
Major US companies join fight against greenwash
March 29th, 2011
Seven large brands separate from phony eco-label of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
Why Do Forests Matter to You? -- Your responses
"Life," "Beautiful," "Love," "Water," "Peace" -- Check out the word cloud infographic we generated from your responses.
Fracking with Shell at their Gastech Conference -- a first-hand account from a ForestEthics volunteer
March 23rd, 2011
We have one clear message: "GET THE SHELL OUT OF THE SACRED HEADWATERS.
Fracking with Shell at their Gastech Conference
March 23rd, 2011
Protesters unveiled a banner that read "Get the Shell out -- Don't frack with Canada's wild salmon," today at the Shell-hosted Gastech Conference in Amsterdam.
Nikki Skuce: Stakes too high to allow oil pipeline to threaten B.C.’s north coast
by Nikki SkuceVancouver Straight
March 23rd, 2011
An Op-Ed from ForestEthics Senior Energy Campaigner, Nikki Skuce
I am the Lorax. And so are you. (Five Reasons to Love Forests)
by Todd Paglia, Executive Director
March 21st, 2011
During my decade-long career as the head of ForestEthics, I’ve become a hopeless tree geek...
Vancouver Sun -- Five cool things the forests do for you
by Valerie Langer and Marlene CummingsVancouver Sun
March 21st, 2011
Here are five reasons why people – especially British Columbians – have to give a 'high five' to the forests:
Vancouver Sun -- Opinion: B.C. should follow Quebec's lead on fracking
by Karen Tam Wu, Special to the SunVancouver Sun
March 11th, 2011
On Tuesday, Quebec banned hydraulic fracturing, a method used to extract unconventional gas that is also known as "fracking"...
Rabble.ca -- Enbridge finds no love in Northwest B.C. communities in February
by Tyler McCrearyRabble.ca
February 18th, 2011
Enbridge hosts Community Technical Information Session on its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline; First Nations express concern
Prince George Citizen -- Oil trains too risky
by Nikki SkucePrince George Citizen
February 17th, 2011
Read the Letter to the Editor from our Sr. Energy Campaigner, Nikki Skuce
Letter to Canadian National (CN) Railway regarding proposed "Pipeline on Rails" project
February 14th, 2011
CN wants to bring Tar Sands oil to port of Prince Rupert via rail
Shell Gets a Special Message for Valentine's Day
February 11th, 2011
ForestEthics placed a classified ad for Shell in the Personals section of the Calgary Herald
The Paper Planet -- Are pulp & paper industry consultants distracting the public?
by Aaron Sanger, US Campaigns DirectorThe Paper Planet
February 7th, 2011
A guest column by Director of US Campaigns at ForestEthics, in response to "Are environmental campaigns misleading the public?"
Prince George Citizen -- Enbridge maintains its responsible for Michigan oil spill
by Gordon Hoekstrahttp://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20110202/PRINCEGEORGE0101/302029959/enbridge-maintains-its-responsible-for-michigan-oil-spill
February 3rd, 2011
ForestEthics says Enbridge's arguments in the Michigan court have implications for the company's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
10 inspiring feats that made the world a better place
February 2nd, 2011
Read our January eNews, which was sent out to more than 75,000 ForestEthics supporters
Nikki Skuce, ForestEthics Senior Energy Campaigner comments on Enbridge's denial of responsibility for Michigan Oil Spill
February 1st, 2011
Enbridge is currently denying responsibility to Michigan residents...
Vancouver Sun -- Searching for the 'Sweet Spot' in the Carbon Debate
by Marlene Cummings, BC Forest Campaigner
January 27th, 2011
Our BC Forest Campaigner discusses the valuable contribution forests make in conserving natural carbon stores
CBC Radio -- All Points West Interview
January 19th, 2011
Listen to two speakers from our event "When Oil Meets Water" share their stories of living through oil spills in this radio interview
Vancouver Sun -- Motion calls for oil tanker ban off B.C. coast
by Andrew MayedaPostmedia News
December 8th, 2010
With support from ForestEthics, Opposition pressures Harper government for legislation as watchdog criticizes spill plan
Re-straightening the record
December 3rd, 2010
ForestEthics Counters SFI's Latest Misleading Claims
Canadian Press -- Three more companies to avoid oilsands-derived fuel
Canadian Press
December 1st, 2010
"We've asked our transportation partners to take steps that will avoid high-impact, high-carbon fuels such as those from the tarsands," said Avon...
Vancouver Sun -- "Gasland" brings sickening reality of fracking home
by Karen Tam Wu, Energy Campaigner, ForestEthicshttp://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/earthmatters/2010/11/19/gasland-brings-sickening-reality-fracking-home
November 19th, 2010
'Fracking' explained in detail in this OpEd by Energy Campaigner, Karen Tam Wu
Huffington Post -- The Sustainable Forestry Initiative's Greenwash: Snake Oil for the 21st Century
by Todd Paglia, Executive Director, ForestEthics
November 19th, 2010
Toronto Star -- Documentary praises Canadian sustainable logging efforts
by Mitch Potter
November 17th, 2010
"Harmony" was launched at Washington’s Kennedy Center, and ForestEthics was in attendance.
Reuters -- Prince Charles calls for action in TV environment film
November 16th, 2010
Check out the brief Reuters write up on "Harmony" – coming soon to your living room!
Canadian Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice Resigns from Politics
November 4th, 2010
Read our statement on this resignation
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Board President Ousted from Oregon State Forestry Position
October 22nd, 2010
Amidst Mounting Accusations of Greenwash, Another Blow to SFI’s Credibility
Grist reporter Jonathan Hiskes joins ForestEthics in the toxic Tar Sands
by Jonathan HiskesGrist
October 13th, 2010
Read his updates from the ground (and air)
Vancouver Sun -- New Water Act may help protect endangered Sacred Headwaters
by Karen Tam Wu, Special to the Sunhttp://www.vancouversun.com/news/todays-paper/Water+help+protect+endangered+Sacred+Headwaters/3571536/story.html
September 24th, 2010
Read our Energy Campaigner Karen Tam Wu's eloquent piece in the Vancouver Sun
Half of Ontario’s Northern Boreal Forest Protected By Landmark Legislation
September 23rd, 2010
Critical Woodland Caribou Habitat Protected; More Work to be Done Regarding First Nation Treaty Rights
Dirty Tar Sands blasted for toxic effects
September 21st, 2010
Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal once again put in the hot seat
Green Grades 2010: Media Roundup
September 14th, 2010
As usual, the Green Grades performance of some of the world's largest brands has attracted media attention.
CBC News -- U.S. businesses join anti-oilsands campaign
http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2010/08/27/edmonton-antii-oilsands-campaign.html
August 27th, 2010
Four more major U.S. companies have joined a movement to boycott or at least reduce the use of fuels made from oilsands crude.
Enbridge's Michigan oil spill
July 30th, 2010
Michigan oil spill raises concern over proposed Tar Sands pipeline in BC
Edmonton Journal -- Michigan oil spill fuels debate over Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline
by Hanneke BrooymansEdmonton Journal
July 29th, 2010
"I definitely think the (Michigan) spill reinforces a lack of trust and also the incredible risk this pipeline poses to British Columbia in particular," said Nikki Skuce, senior energy campaigner for ForestEthics.

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